For the second time this year, a person in Yosemite National Park could have been infected with the plague pathogen
In Yosemite National Park, California, one of the most popular holiday destinations in the United States, a tourist may have been infected with the plague of the plague for the second time this year. This is announced by the public health office. According to this, a rodent was most likely the carrier of the disease.
Rodents in Yosemite National Park could carry the plague
According to the information, the sufferer is a tourist from the US state of Georgia, who first experienced symptoms of plague after spending time in the Yosemite Valley in early August. The Public Health Office did not provide information on the patient's state of health. Although it cannot be ruled out with certainty that the tourist was infected with the plague pathogen elsewhere on his journey, another plague case speaks for the national park as the source of the infection. A student from Los Angeles was recently diagnosed with the disease after staying in the national park. The girl was treated promptly and is currently recovering from the infection.
The main transmitters of the plague are fleas that live in the fur of rodents such as squirrels and chipmunks. After the infection became known, the campsite where the girl had stayed was closed and disinfected. Another campground also had to be temporarily blocked because two dead squirrels were found there, carrying the highly contagious pestle. Around four million people visit Yosemite National Park each year.
Between one and 17 people develop the plague in the United States each year
While Europe and Australia are considered to be free from animals infected with plague agents, outbreaks occur particularly in Africa. Madagascar and the Congo are hardest hit, but the disease also flares up in Peru.
In the United States, between one and 17 people contract the plague each year. The two current cases are the first in California since 2006.
If the disease is treated with antibiotics in good time, the chances of recovery are good. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the plague leads to death in 30 to 60 percent of cases if left untreated. Around 2,000 people worldwide contract the infectious disease every year. (ag)